Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: 'Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra'

Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: 'Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra'

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Chopin 'Complete Works for Piano and Orchestra' Piano Concertos--No 1, Op 11; No 2, Op 21. Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise brillante, Op 22. Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op 13. Krakowiak, Op 14. Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem la mano', Op 2 Oleg Marshev pt South Denmark Philharmonic Orchestra / David Porcelijn Danacord (F) (2) DACOCD701/2 (136' * DDD)

Here are Chopin's complete works for piano and orchestra, making comparison a marginal issue. Yet I have to say that even when set beside such luminaries and high-flyers as Rubinstein, Argerich and Perahia, Oleg Marshev more than holds his own. The First Concerto's opening orchestral tutti is kept smartly on the move; and if the playing is more roughshod than refined, it never lacks enthusiasm for its less-than-grateful task and provides energised support for the outstanding soloist, for his relish of Chopin's early brilliance and charm. Throughout, Marshev is never less than stylish and musicianly, delighting you with sudden personal flashes of warmth and character. His technique is effortless and assured in the scintillating roulades of all these works. …

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